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Summer brings construction and building improvements at the CSSVT

The Centre de services scolaires de la Vallée-des-Tisserands (CSSVT) will not be taking a break over the summer, as various construction, renovation, and school improvement projects are planned over the next several months.

The CSSVT’s Services des ressources matérielles – Projets d’investissement (SRM) team is managing projects totalling nearly $15 million in expenses, to ensure a safe and functional environment for the entire school community for the start of a new school year come September.

A press release issued by the CSSVT refers to around 40 school refurbishment, renovation, and improvement initiatives involving sanitary blocks or washrooms, ventilation, roofing, and classrooms, etc. The development of schoolyards and gymnasiums, replacement of exterior cladding and flooring, acquisition of furniture to meet students’ physical and educational needs, as well as paving work are some of the major projects that will soon be underway. Road areas and road signage are also being re-evaluated with the different MRCs concerned, to ensure the safety of students as they move about in school zones.

“Our organization is proud to be able to offer safe infrastructure and renewed environments to the entire school community every year,” says CSSVT’s director general, Suzie Vranderick. “Maintaining and improving our buildings is one of our top priorities. Our SRM and related services teams work rigorously to accomplish this mission,” she emphasizes.

Modular classrooms

During the summer, SRM teams will also be installing modular classrooms at elementary schools in Ormstown and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The modular spaces are fitted out as complete and modern classrooms, equipped with interactive whiteboards and standard furniture and equipment. The interior is equivalent to a conventional classroom, and a secure corridor will connect the modular units to the school.

“We have been installing modulars for almost three years now, so we are on familiar ground, and everything should go smoothly this year as well,” says Geneviève Faubert, the director of material resources/investment projects at the CSSVT. “According to our forecasts, and as this has become the norm for all school service centres in Quebec, these buildings will be in place for a few years, pending new construction to meet the rapid growth of the student population in these areas,” she adds.

New school in the Grande-Île sector

Work began this past February to clear the land on Rue La Traversée in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield’s Grande-Île sector that has been earmarked for the construction of a new elementary school.

The Education ministry announced it would invest $40 million to build the school in June 2022. Since then, CSSVT teams have been working on various plans, meeting with local professionals, and carrying out the different consultations required to design the new teaching institution.

 

Modular classrooms will be added to École Notre Dame de Rosaire elementary school in Ormstown over the summer PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

The school is expected to welcome 576 students for the start of the 2026-27 school year. The new building will include a double gymnasium, six preschool classrooms, 18 regular classrooms, space for administrative and professional staff, art and music classrooms, a sensory room, a pedagogical kitchen, collaborative spaces, and many other areas for learning and discovery.

“The CSSVT teams who participated in the thought process surrounding the design of this new building demonstrated openness and innovation. The school will feature a learning hub and a multifunctional space, and the collective spaces (cafeteria, gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, etc.) will be centralized at the junction with classroom wings, so they will be easily accessed by students and staff alike,” says Faubert.

The first phases of construction are scheduled to start in 2024 according to the ministry’s requirements and recommendations. “The teams are continuing to work with the MEQ to obtain the necessary authorizations for the next steps,” says Vranderick, who confirms the calls for tender were issued at the end of April to find the contractor for the project.

Baie-Saint-François expansion

The work to expand the École secondaire Baie-Saint-François high school is ongoing. According to the schedule provided by the contractor, the project is expected to be finished over the summer. Once completed, the school will be effectively doubled in size to accommodate the growing student population in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

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